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    Introduction

    BAE Systems needed a long term partner to supply more than 40,000 tonnes of steel for the Royal Navy’s new breed of aircraft carrier. Learn how Tata Steel provided the solution.

    Detailed Information

    Summary

    Summary

    • Steel for every aspect

      From the hull to the ‘ski-jump’ section of the flight deck

    • High volume delivery

      40,000 tonnes of steel delivered; 90% of all steel used in the ship

    • New lighter and stronger steel grades

      A more agile, fuel efficient vessel due to new grades

    • World-class expertise

      R&D specialists, technical staff, supply chain experts and a project management team

     

    It has been fascinating to be part of such an exciting and high-profile project. HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy.

    Mike Nielsen, Account Manager, Tata Steel


    Introduction

    HMS Queen Elizabeth – the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy – is constructed of Tata Steel from her keel up. The naming ceremony in July 2014 came five years after the first steel was manufactured at Tata Steel’s UK plants and less than three years after the first section of the 280 metre-long aircraft carrier entered the dry dock at Rosyth, Scotland, to start construction.

    The challenge

    The Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers are required to be more agile and use less fuel while carrying up to 40 F-35B Lightning II jet fighter aircraft, plus additional helicopter support.

    The solution

    Tata Steel supplied 40,000 tonnes of steel, while the company’s metallurgists developed two new steel grades – FH36 and EH46. These lighter and stronger steel types were formulated specifically for the future flagship of the Royal Navy and subsequently achieved Lloyds Registry approval.

    The product

    Steel plate was supplied from Scunthorpe and Dalzell; bulb flats from Skinningrove; conveyance pipes from Hartlepool, using feedstock from Port Talbot strip mill.

    Challenge

    Challenge

    Tata Steel’s involvement in the multi-billion pound building of HMS Queen Elizabeth required:

    • A 12 year partnership from initial design through to final delivery
    • The development of two new grades of lighter and stronger steel
    • The uninterrupted supply of 40,000 tonnes of steel
    • Definition of all steel requirements for a second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales

    Continuous supply of quality steel for more than a decade

    A project of this magnitude involved the deployment of immense technical and industrial resources. It was a process of continual innovation as technological and military requirements have evolved significantly since the design inception.

    Solution

    Solution

    Tata Steel brought together world-class expertise, including:

    • Research and development specialists
    • Technical and production staff from five UK sites and mills
    • Supply chain experts
    • A dedicated project management team to work closely with BAE Systems from initial design stage

    Working as a team to create Britain’s greatest warship

    As a result Tata Steel provided more than 90% of the steel used in the building of Britain’s biggest ever warship, which displaces a total of 65,000 tonnes.  

    In addition, Tata Steel collaborated productively with key suppliers including the UK’s leading independent service centre for the shipbuilding industry, Dent Steel.

    Total commitment delivers a more agile, fuel efficient vessel

    Tata Steel delivered top quality steel for every aspect of the high-tech carrier, from her enormous hull to the 130-tonne ‘ski-jump’ section of the flight deck that enables aircraft to take off with larger payloads than ever before.

    In 2007, Tata Steel metallurgists developed two new steel grades, FH36, EH46 approved by Lloyd’s Register.

    The new grades are lighter and stronger than previous innovations. This allows the Queen Elizabeth class to be more agile and use less fuel.

    Summary

    • Steel for every aspect

      From the hull to the ‘ski-jump’ section of the flight deck

    • High volume delivery

      40,000 tonnes of steel delivered; 90% of all steel used in the ship

    • New lighter and stronger steel grades

      A more agile, fuel efficient vessel due to new grades

    • World-class expertise

      R&D specialists, technical staff, supply chain experts and a project management team

     

    It has been fascinating to be part of such an exciting and high-profile project. HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy.

    Mike Nielsen, Account Manager, Tata Steel


    Introduction

    HMS Queen Elizabeth – the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy – is constructed of Tata Steel from her keel up. The naming ceremony in July 2014 came five years after the first steel was manufactured at Tata Steel’s UK plants and less than three years after the first section of the 280 metre-long aircraft carrier entered the dry dock at Rosyth, Scotland, to start construction.

    The challenge

    The Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers are required to be more agile and use less fuel while carrying up to 40 F-35B Lightning II jet fighter aircraft, plus additional helicopter support.

    The solution

    Tata Steel supplied 40,000 tonnes of steel, while the company’s metallurgists developed two new steel grades – FH36 and EH46. These lighter and stronger steel types were formulated specifically for the future flagship of the Royal Navy and subsequently achieved Lloyds Registry approval.

    The product

    Steel plate was supplied from Scunthorpe and Dalzell; bulb flats from Skinningrove; conveyance pipes from Hartlepool, using feedstock from Port Talbot strip mill.

    Challenge

    Tata Steel’s involvement in the multi-billion pound building of HMS Queen Elizabeth required:

    • A 12 year partnership from initial design through to final delivery
    • The development of two new grades of lighter and stronger steel
    • The uninterrupted supply of 40,000 tonnes of steel
    • Definition of all steel requirements for a second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales

    Continuous supply of quality steel for more than a decade

    A project of this magnitude involved the deployment of immense technical and industrial resources. It was a process of continual innovation as technological and military requirements have evolved significantly since the design inception.

    Solution

    Tata Steel brought together world-class expertise, including:

    • Research and development specialists
    • Technical and production staff from five UK sites and mills
    • Supply chain experts
    • A dedicated project management team to work closely with BAE Systems from initial design stage

    Working as a team to create Britain’s greatest warship

    As a result Tata Steel provided more than 90% of the steel used in the building of Britain’s biggest ever warship, which displaces a total of 65,000 tonnes.  

    In addition, Tata Steel collaborated productively with key suppliers including the UK’s leading independent service centre for the shipbuilding industry, Dent Steel.

    Total commitment delivers a more agile, fuel efficient vessel

    Tata Steel delivered top quality steel for every aspect of the high-tech carrier, from her enormous hull to the 130-tonne ‘ski-jump’ section of the flight deck that enables aircraft to take off with larger payloads than ever before.

    In 2007, Tata Steel metallurgists developed two new steel grades, FH36, EH46 approved by Lloyd’s Register.

    The new grades are lighter and stronger than previous innovations. This allows the Queen Elizabeth class to be more agile and use less fuel.

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